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felt their chances were better in ohio than say virginia or florida was because of the auto industry. as you've mentioned before, one in eight jobs in this state are connected to the auto industry. the auto bailout is very popular. the president never missed a chance on a campaign trail in ohio to talk about how he had gotten the auto industry back on track and how governor romney opposed that bailout. >> thank you very much. we have breaking news of this moment. cbs news projects that mitt romney will carry the state of south carolina. no great surprise. mccain won that state by 9% in 2008, but we can now project that mitt romney will carry the state of south carolina. bob and nora, state of ohio again. it's so critical tonight. it might be said that if the president wins reelection tonight, he may have won it in 2009 when he signed that auto bailout. >> it very well might be the case. i still don't understand why governor romney went to cleveland today. this is the most heavily democratic part of the country and one of the most heavily democratic counties. maybe he was just trying
campaigned in the concord, new hampshire, hollywood, florida and cincinnati, ohio. nancy cordes is covering the obama campaign. good morning. >> reporter: charlie and norah, good morning to you. the president closes his campaign today in the three midwest states that are central to his strategy, ohio,w iowa an wisconsin. his victory is almost assured if he wins here and they would be willing to put money on a big win. >> hello, florida. hello virginia. hello, ohio. >> reporter: crisscrossing the country the president told crowds of 10,000 and 20,000 that he's the same bipartisan hopeful truth teller they elected four years ago. new know what i believe. you know where i stand. you know i tell the truth. ♪ >> reporter: in the closing days this campaign has taken on the air of a traveling concert. over the weekend katie perry, dave matthews and stevie wonder warmed up the president's crowd. another picture on the campaign trail, former president bill clinton. >> he's been a good commander-in-chief, a good decider in chief. >> reporter: publicly and privately obama campaign officials express
the african american community, there was an effort by republicans in states from pennsylvania, florida, ohio, to shrink the amount of days and ways in which african americans could vote. >> schieffer: you know, to me, most telling statistic in this whole race, dee dee, is when i read and learned from those exit polls that barack obama had won the cuban vote in florida. >> right. in florida. and the hispanic vote made up the entire marge nin florida, ended up being 73,000 votes. you can trace it a lot of different ways but that's one of them. that's pretty surprising. what the obama campaign will tell you, not only was their turnout operation every bit as good and better but their message was better. they won this because they appealed to middle class voters. they said who will do a better job taking care of people like you and middle cross voters resoundingly said yes. another thing john was alluding to, when you try to suppress the vote you try to-- it really makes them mad. and that helps to explain why so many people in the counties around cleveland, for example, why african american turn
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